HOUSTON, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston elementary school student Katelynn Thomas-Edwards became the 7,000th child to receive a donated computer from local technology non-profit Comp-U-Dopt.
Along with Miss Thomas-Edwards, more than 130 children who attend Mading Elementary STEM Academy in Houston ISD were awarded refurbished computers provided by corporate and individual donors.
Comp-U-Dopt Executive Director Megan Steckly said, "This is an exciting milestone for Comp-U-Dopt and the families we serve. Because of our supporters, thousands of Houston-area students like Katelynn now have home computer connectivity and a vital educational tool. We are grateful to our donors and volunteers for making moments like this possible."
Miss Thomas-Edwards, a fifth grader, said, "Thanks to Comp-U-Dopt for the computer. I never had a computer at home. I will use it at school and at home. Sometimes my family members can use it for their assignments or to do taxes and other things like that. This computer will help me learn."
Founded in 2007 by John Osha, Comp-U-Dopt provides refurbished computers and technology education to enthusiastic, motivated children in underserved communities in the Houston area. The organization encourages development of technology skills in children and helps foster computer reuse and better environmental stewardship.
Computers are awarded to children who submit essays explaining how a computer will benefit their education. Each refurbished computer comes with Linux-based educational tools such as word processing, spreadsheet and other programs, and Internet capabilities. Children who receive computers attend a two-hour adoption session with parents or guardians to learn software use and computer care.
Houston companies and individuals can help Comp-U-Dopt in three ways: 1) donations of working PCs and laptops, 2) tax-deductible financial donations which cover the costs of refurbishing and distributing the computers and related educational support, and 3) volunteers – with or without technology expertise.
Donating computers to Comp-U-Dopt is a safe, reliable way to dispose of working computers and monitors that are not in use. Corporate, institutional and individual donors can be assured hard drives of donated computers are erased to U.S. Department of Defense standards. More information is available at www.compudopt.org.
Contact: Megan Steckly, firstname.lastname@example.org, 713.426.2330.
SOURCE Comp-U-Dopt, Inc.